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From BeeMe to Bandersnatch

October 31, 2019

On Halloween night, 2018, researchers at the MIT Media Lab released BeeMe, a platform that allowed internet users to collectively control a person in the physical space of the MIT campus. In December 2018, Netflix released Bandersnatch, the first television series that allowed the audience to choose their own story. This piece documents the differences and similarities of the two events and considers the implications for the future of the internet.

September 11, 2018

Faces. Faces staring at you, entering the dark candle lit room. Is…this…the book club? I ask, not sure if I am in the right place. No answer. I approach, getting closer and closer to the decadent yet beautiful stage that has been set up for the first scene of the act. The faces keep staring but provide no answer. Just a gentle, neutral, inviting smirk.

The Use of Public Opinions to Pursue Collective Actions

August 26, 2017

The problem of optimally aggregating diverse opinions together to achieve the best result available is hardly new.

Brain mechanisms underlying the brief maintenance of seen and unseen sensory information

October 4, 2016

I am glad to say that my work with Jean-Remi King and Stan Dehaene has been recently accepted for publication in the prestigious journal Neuron. You can find a preliminary version here [..]

The Influence of Experts on Crowds Success and Diversity

June 25, 2016

Inspired by the wonderful talks I am listening to in these days at ICCSS2016 and by the recent outcome of the UK referendum, I was wondering how the opinions of experts and news can influence the population.

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In the time of Ferdinand and Isabella and other maritime monarchs, maps were top-secret, like new electronic discoveries today.